Do They Need a Kill'in
Violence is never the answer. It is the question. The answer is yes.
These are some very special assholes. They really are like something out of science fiction and are massively different than most any other groups currently operating.
I am going to be running through a few points I believe to be salient about ISIL and Boko Haram. Please don't take this as a lecture. The notion of my civilian, open source educated ass trying to lecture you on this stuff is beyond laughable. I am just going to bring some things up as I understand them. If I am wrong feel free to correct me. If you cannot explain why because of clearance issues you are in the category of people I will believe and immediately cede the point to anyway.
These assholes are both a "State" and a "Religious Congregation". That is the entire point of ISIL, to be a religious state. Cannot separate the two. This is immediately interesting because states can be destroyed or absorbed, but religions are essentially ideas. You could even make a pedantic argument that at some point you would be infringing on religious freedom acting against ISIS.
Why that matters: The policies of these assholes originate from and support a specific religious doctrine. This isn't patriotism or real politic All of their atrocities come from an intellectually consistent belief system. This means the actions are not only informed by a theological sense of right and wrong, but because it is God directing the atrocities the Godly action is automatically a goodly one.
These assholes BELIEVE. Yeah, sure that may read as dedicated, or high esprit de corps. There is that as well, but I don't mean it like that. I mean that they have a self reinforcing value system and they are into it.
Why this matters: Belief is not a conscious choice. It takes effort and intellectual rigor to consider arguments counter to our beliefs, but there is no conscious decision to be swayed by them. This means "education" is far from a magic bullet. The Daesh policy IS the religion. So getting them to stand down would amount to a full conversion to a drastically different religion. That is really difficult to do in a time frame not measured in generations. It may not even be moral to do so. Until then everything is evidence of God's will. Which is further evidence they need to continue on.
Anyone not with them is against them. And they are the ones applying the rules. ISIL is pretty unique even among jihadist assholes for being willing to condemn other radical Muslims for not being ISIL enough. It is entirely possible they are against the Taliban filth who killed the 10 year old. This is a group that makes the Wahabists(hello house of Saude) look reformed/secular in their willingness to modernize.
Why this matters: They can't have a state without their religion. Part of that religion is that anyone not of their religion is ENEMY.
They have to kill, rape, and generally be bad neighbors. It is part of this specific group's dogma. They have to always be at war with at least one of their neighbors and fight a war of expansion. I can't remember exactly how long they are allowed to be at "piece" with a non caliphate neighbor, I think 7 years before they have to go hot again, but any and all treaties and lack of murder has to be considered temporary/a lull.
Why this matters: So coexistence is only possible if you aren't a neighbor. Unfortunately it is a small world after all.
Their strategic goals involve kicking ass, and then losing. No really, that is their fucking goal. I hope I am not screwing up the order here but it was build caliphate. Grow caliphate via military conquest. Piss off anyone who isn't them, until the anti-Christ (born somewhere specific but I can't remember) shows up and starts leading an army against them. Then they true slaves of Allah start losing ground and getting stomped on until there are only a few thousand (Do I have that right? It is a specific number.) left holed up in a specific city (fucked if I can remember which one). Then Jesus shows up like Gandolph at Helm's Deep and spears the Anti-Christ. After that Daesh rolls through the entirety of entirety and all is perfect subservience.
Why this matters: Their actual operational objectives hinge on not only supernatural agency, but suffering mass casualties. Any plan that is supposed to "break the back of ISIS" should be the target of derision and contempt. Big picture, if they don't LOSE enough soldiers they aren't meeting their goals. This isn't Chesty Puller, oorah, oorah target rich environment dedication. This is a plan where the big goal is to lose every objective gained save one and suffer 90 plus percent casualties. You can't exactly force a surrender there.
So basically we are dealing with folks who would have to undergo a religious conversion to simply not try to murder and force conquest on everything they are around. They consider anyone not of the same ideology to be blood enemies that need to be wiped out. Because of the religion angle they are drawing from the true believer pool. Because of the violence angle they are drawing from the sociopath pool. They are very up front about the "We are coming to kill you." thing.
I would say there is enough information available to make an assessment here. Am I wrong?
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